early flood warning Articles

  • Early flood warning via SMS

    A citizen’s service that visualises regional flood data, gives the fire brigade additional lead time and informs citizens via SMS in case of emergency: that’s wasserstand.info The website wasserstand.info displays water levels of Austrian rivers located in the state of Lower Austria. So citizens an monitor the water levels proactively ...

  • Early warning of disasters: Facts and figures

    Lucy Pearson looks at early warning systems for disasters, their uses and limits, and what accounts for the gap between warning and action. Through history disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods, killing people and damaging homes and businesses. Disasters in the past 35 years have taken an estimated 2.5 million lives and cost more than US$1.5 billion, mainly in developing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Signal analysis and anomaly detection for flood early warning systems

    We describe the detection methods and the results of anomalous conditions in dikes (earthen dams/levees) based on a simultaneous processing of several data streams originating from sensors installed in these dikes. Applied methods are especially valuable in cases where lack of information or computational resources prohibit computing the state of the dike with finite element and other ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood Forecasting and Warning Services in general

    An exact and early Flood Forecasting allows accordant early warning of persons concerned as much as the establishment of necessary measures (see Flood Protection, Evacuation and Rescue Plans). Therefore, it can make an important contribution to avoid damage. Flood Forecasting is in most cases based on extensive numerical modelling which is created with hydrological and hydraulic models of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Early Flood Warning System prevents village from a potentially devastating flood - Case Study

    Aquaread's LeveLine-EWS system proving to be a huge success story for Essex Village Parish councillor and local residents comment on their experiences with their new flood alert system, provided by Aquaread, as it issues it's first alerts to the community. According to the Met Office, December was the wettest month the UK has seen in over a century. As a result flooding has ...


    By AQUAREAD Limited

  • Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation

    With much scientific uncertainty about the real impact of new products and technologies, policy-makers face difficult decisions, particularly when they have to deal with powerful commercial interests and economic trade-offs. The back stories of some widely used innovations of the past, such as leaded petrol, mercury products, DBCP pesticide, vinyl chloride, DDT, tobacco, and fossil fuel energies ...

  • Senix Water Level Sensors Drive Irrigation Automation Project

    Australia’s Water Crisis Irrigation management is serious business in Australia especially within the Murray-Darling Basin, a 1,000,000 square kilometer watershed that is home to Australia’s most productive agricultural land. The basin’s 23 rivers have ...


    By Senix Corporation

  • Living with the floods, not against them

    “Yes, we are illiterate sir, but we are engineers as far as our experience with water and rivers is concerned”, says Phushi Mahato, a villager in the Gosi Kandak floodplains in North-Bihar in India. As an outcome of water resource management that failed to understand the role of fluvial regimes in delta, Phushi and his fellow village members have now become vulnerable to floods ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Why disaster warning and development go hand in hand

    To engage people in early action we must understand their experience, behaviour and constraints, says disaster policy expert Andrew Collins. Disaster predictions have significant uncertainty that tends to undermine efforts to act on early warnings. In Bangladesh, for example, where there ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Developing optimum solutions to flooding

    Developing optimum solutions to flooding With a very long period of wet weather in the summer overlaid by intense rainfall, 2007 was the wettest summer in the UK on record. This unusual weather pattern resulted in very high localised runoff, with three events in England exceeding the 1 in 100 year return period over that time – some of the worst flooding that has ever occurred in ...


    By Innovyze

  • Acting on disaster warnings: Don`t miss the human factor

    We need to understand why some people act on early warnings while others ignore them, says disaster preparedness specialist Sudhir Kumar. The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 11 March 2011 challenged global ideas about responding to disasters. It showed that structural defences alone, such as breakwaters, coastal dykes and tidal barriers, cannot provide protection ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Aquaread’s Award Success at The Flood Expo 2016

    Aquaread recently attended The Flood Expo 2016, the largest event of its kind in the world showcasing the best solutions and innovations in the world of flooding. The event, hosted at London’s ExCel, showcased a new feature for 2016 in the form of The Flood Expo Awards, designed to recognise and celebrate companies and products pushing forward in the areas of flood innovation, mitigation ...


    By AQUAREAD Limited

  • Are the Government doing enough to protect communities from flooding?

    Despite it being the official start of British summer, many locations have continued to be hit by severe flooding in the last few weeks. Locations all over the UK have been struck by severe weather warnings, and many properties have been left damaged by the continued rainfall. Unfortunately this is not considered remarkable. The UK has already seen heavy flooding since the year started, following ...


    By AQUAREAD Limited

  • The Benefit of Probabilistic Flood Forecasting on European Scale

    The European Flood Alert System (EFAS) is a research project that aims at improving preparedness for oncoming flood events by: • informing the authorities in the Member States of the possibility of a flood to happen before the local systems capture the event with their own monitoring and forecasting systems; • providing catchment based information that gives downstream authorities an overview of ...


  • ‘Smart’ flood alleviation system protects Portsmouth

    In late 2014, Southern Water completed a major project to reduce the risk of sewer flooding in parts of Portsmouth and Southsea. Substantial works were undertaken to divert runoff and tidal ingress, and a ‘smart’ hydrometeorological monitoring system was installed to enable prompt diversion of excess water during periods of high rainfall. Sewer level monitoring is undertaken in ...

  • Flash flooding prediction in regions of northern Vietnam using the KINEROS2 model

    Flash flooding (FF) in Vietnam has become an important issue due to increasing loss of property and life. This paper investigates FF prediction using the Kinematic Run-off and Erosion model to perform comprehensive analyses to: (1) evaluate the role of initial soil moisture (θ) conditions using the Bridging Event and Continuous Hydrological model; (2) model the discharge (Q) using different ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Casella STORM Guardian helps build flood safety and awareness - Case Study

    Casella has helped Northamptonshire County Council to raise safety and awareness in the region by supplying robust rain gauges to 15 local communities. The Casella STORM Guardian rain gauges can collect rainfall data remotely and mitigate the risk from the increasing incidence of high intensity rainfall and flash flooding. The Issue It is a common perception amongst homeowners ...


    By Casella

  • InfoWorks RS aids priority river flood modeling in New Zealand

    Project Background Innovyze’s InfoWorks RS has been the key software in helping to formulate flood risk reduction strategies throughout the Northland Region of New Zealand, an area of approximately 14,000 km2 on the northern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. The Northland Region has a predominately tropical climate. In recent years a number of tropical storms have ...


    By Innovyze

  • Analysis of extreme flooding events through a calibrated 1D/2D coupled model: the case of Barcelona (Spain)

    This paper presents the results of a calibrated 1D/2D coupled model simulating surface and sewer flows in Barcelona. The model covers 44 km2 of the city land involving 241 km of sewers. It was developed in order to assess the flood hazard in the Raval district, historically affected by flooding during heavy rainfalls. Special attention was paid to the hydraulic characterization of the inlet ...


    By IWA Publishing

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